Nets at Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

  • Zaza Pachulia (Achilles) and Vladimir Radmanovic (back) are out. Marvin Williams and Ivan Johnson return.
  • Larry Drew is starting Jason Collins in place of Zaza. The Nets have Shelden Williams starting at center with Brook Lopez (ankle) out.
  • Drew on starting Twin: “He’s been a starter before and he gives us a defensive presence. I like getting him back into the starting lineup. I hate doing it under these conditions but at least he gets back into a rhythm against the starters. Since he’s just getting back I think it will be getting him back with that starting group. I’m excited to see how he responds to it.”
  • Zaza says he was worried about his Achilles because it was hurting yesterday but it felt better when he woke up today. He said he plans to make the trip for tomorrow’s game at the Wizards.
  • Drew said Vlad Rad shot around at yesterday’s light practice: “He still won’t be available to play. It sounds like the back is getting better. He still will be day-to-day.”
  • Ivan’s new baby, born Wednesday, is named Ivan Kaydan Johnson Jr.:“It’s a new start to my life. Hopefully I can get him to where I’m at right now without all the extra journeys. Everybody congratulated me so it made me feel good to be a new pop.”
  • ESPN dropped the April 11th Hawks-Celtics game in favor of Knicks at Bucks.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

362 comments Add your comment

Just Joe

March 23rd, 2012
6:55 pm

Just Joe

March 23rd, 2012
6:56 pm

and I hope LD doesn’t get any ideas about Collins joining the starting lineup for good. You know how he loves ZaZa off the bench.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 23rd, 2012
6:58 pm

Marvin still hurt smh. It is mandarory he misses 4-6 weeks a year with some injury. Pathetic

Rod from College Park

March 23rd, 2012
7:01 pm

You already know Grandmaster.

Reggie

March 23rd, 2012
7:03 pm

Dampier is twice as active as Collins on defense and rebounding and who gets to start….Larry Drew’s rotation goes by seniority not by talent.

Big Lou

March 23rd, 2012
7:07 pm

Marvin is so useless. How is he still injured?

That man is a leech.

Rod from College Park

March 23rd, 2012
7:08 pm

Najeh,

If you compare the 2011 playoffs seeds and win totals to the 2009 playoffs seeds and win totals. The top seeds were better, swing in the middle with Atlanta, and Orlando, and bottom feeders were pretty much the same. Plus you had a 2 seed in Boston who was fresh off a World Championship. I’ll stick with my OPINION. The East was tougher back then. Plus, I don’t say that Miami, and Chicago, are great because they have won absolutely positively nothing to this point.

The Truth,

Thanks for all the love and support. Hope my future post are to you liking. LOL

MattP

March 23rd, 2012
7:09 pm

Where does it say Marvin is still injured? Looks to me like it says Marvin and Ivan return.

Admiral Crackbar

March 23rd, 2012
7:09 pm

It’s a TRAP!!!

tyger

March 23rd, 2012
7:10 pm

Allen Iverson…

seasoned PG for playoff run…
sell 5,000 more tickets…
will more than pay for salary…

generate national interest in team…

PG is an issue w/o Pargo…
Al better than any big available…
will not shoot a game losing airball…

Just Joe

March 23rd, 2012
7:10 pm

Boston can drop Philly from 4th to 7th seed with win tonight.

Rod from College Park

March 23rd, 2012
7:10 pm

Congrats to Ivan.

The Monger

March 23rd, 2012
7:14 pm

Larry Drew starting the WORST NBA player in the league in Jason Collins. The blackmail of a head coach continues, as a guy shooting .294 FG with .375 FT suggests something very tragic is going on in terms of extortion/blackmail on Jason Collins end. The guy averages 0.9 pts/game, gets beat on EVERY possession he plays defense, gets beat on the boards CONSISTENTLY, commits numerous turnovers, commits numerous moving screen (does he even know how to set a screen), is the slowest player in the league, offers nothing on the offensive, defensive, or transition games, shoots ,294 from the field, and he is our starter at C? WOW!!! Eric Dampier did you date Larry Drew’s daughter or something?

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 23rd, 2012
7:15 pm

everyone will be at the ga dome

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 23rd, 2012
7:16 pm

Marvin is back tonight, I think that’s what MC said. Anyways, Marvin is not very dependable. You just never know, and he heals like molasses going up hill in freezing temperature. Trade him to Phoenix please. They can have him for free – he’ll come with a check in his front pocket and, will work for food.

Jason Collins

March 23rd, 2012
7:18 pm

Hi guys, its your favorite goofy dufus here in big Jason Collins. I am very smart and plan to open up a tax business with some of my Stanford bros. I had lasagna and a salad for dinner tonight. I wear size 18 shoes for my big goofy feet. Enough about me, here is what I think I will do tonight in the basketball game against the Nets. I will play 32 minutes. I will grab 2 rebounds. I will score 0 points. I will go 0-4 from the field, and 0-2 from the FT line. I will have 0 blocks and 0 steals. I will commit 5 fouls. I will have 4 turnovers. Thank you guys for the love, I like Larry Drew.

Jason Collins

March 23rd, 2012
7:22 pm

What do you guys think of my .294 FG percentage and .375 FT percentage? That means out of every 100 shots I take…29 go in the basket!!! and out of 100 free throws I make 37 of them!!! Yeah….I am Jason Collins….and I want to get that 0.9 pts up to a full 1 point/game by the end of the year.

-Jason Collins out…

Luke Cage

March 23rd, 2012
7:22 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Melvin

March 23rd, 2012
7:23 pm

Grandad,

I’m a Perry Jones III and CJ Leslie fan. I think Jones will get drafted ahead of the hawks pick and CJ may not enter the draft this year…

Luke Cage

March 23rd, 2012
7:23 pm

Congrats IVAN aka DEBO on the birth of Lil’ DEBO!!

Luke Cage

March 23rd, 2012
7:28 pm

Well peeps won’t be blogging tonight, only blog when I’m at work and since I’m off i’ll be switching between Hawks n March Madness, just wanted to see who’s out, peace.

Eric

March 23rd, 2012
7:28 pm

“ESPN dropped the April 11th Hawks-Celtics game in favor of Knicks at Bucks.”

No love for the ATL. It doesn’t surprise me that we’d be passed over for New York though, and both the Knicks and Bucks have been playing really well as of late. Looks like things are going well for Woody.

Eric

March 23rd, 2012
7:32 pm

“What do you guys think of my .294 FG percentage and .375 FT percentage? That means out of every 100 shots I take…29 go in the basket!!! and out of 100 free throws I make 37 of them!!! Yeah….I am Jason Collins….and I want to get that 0.9 pts up to a full 1 point/game by the end of the year.”

Considering Jason’s role on the team, I don’t think he’ll ever get 100 shots up in a single season with the Hawks. Josh might get 100 shots up within a few games, and Joe might do the same, but Jason is lucky if he is even passed the ball on this team. So, I don’t think his field goal percentage is much of an issue, and the same goes for his FT percentage, since he very rarely goes to the FT line and L.D. rarely has him in games in crunch time unless it’s against the Magic.

Collins’ usage is not nearly high enough to really judge him based upon stats. His value on the court is something does not show up on the stat sheet. As long as he does the thing he does well on a consistent basis while he’s in the game, we shouldn’t complain.

Eric

March 23rd, 2012
7:33 pm

*things* he does

doc

March 23rd, 2012
7:35 pm

at least marvin remains off the bench and jj the sf.

maybe dampier gets some time to show twin needs tie or suit jacket on at games sitting in the second row behind the bench so ld doesnt look stupid. -8 in 9+ minutes to be a huge part of the hoston resurgence.

rod compating 2008 when we won 37 vs the year with 53 wins next to the year ld takes over to follow that year is hysterical. the east in cmparison to the west has been down sonce the years of bird, then isiah and finally mj they dont remember top to bottom competition. even this year looks awful for softness in the east. whatever you are on a roll with irrationalization.

btw woodys last year was our window and basg wouldnt spend to get a big. singular teams with only queen and dh were all in the way and if stern and refs hadnt gotten in the way we shiwed we were better than the cavs that year. never again will we be that close unless worlds collide and the pairings fall out like najeh suggested as our best chance the other day.

doc

March 23rd, 2012
7:37 pm

ready to rumble with the hawks snd shake my head at shelhead the second reason billy knight is still on the sidelines.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 23rd, 2012
7:40 pm

Jerome Jurenovich needs to show up to one of these games wearing big glasses and a question mark suit. Maybe then the DASG will get some free money to pay their luxury tax bills.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 23rd, 2012
7:47 pm

deron williams too big for teague

terrell

March 23rd, 2012
7:50 pm

LD is a fool. Collins is garbage. Get well soon Zaza.

terrell

March 23rd, 2012
7:52 pm

LD will start Marvin AND Collins soon. Clown.

terrell

March 23rd, 2012
7:52 pm

god dammit Josh!

Najeh Davenpoop

March 23rd, 2012
7:55 pm

I see Marvin is still missing layups just as well as he did before his injury.

High-sider

March 23rd, 2012
7:56 pm

Josh Smith – the pseudo-facilitator [smh]. Give it to the guards, Osh Josh be Gosh!

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 23rd, 2012
7:56 pm

dunk the ball josh…

High-sider

March 23rd, 2012
7:58 pm

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ntrigue

March 23rd, 2012
7:59 pm

Take Hinrich out these refs suck its gonna be a long night

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 23rd, 2012
7:59 pm

Blast

March 23rd, 2012
8:00 pm

Hawks getting the short end of the whistle here.

And Josh needs to stop jacking up jumpers.

High-sider

March 23rd, 2012
8:01 pm

I hope Anthony Morrow misses three to four free throws tonight. [LOL]

ntrigue

March 23rd, 2012
8:03 pm

Yeah bench Josh but just for a little while…but coach drew doesn’t have a clue about taking a player like josh out and talking to him about what we need …a pep talk then put him back in!

Blast

March 23rd, 2012
8:03 pm

And Josh has been surely benched.

terrell

March 23rd, 2012
8:04 pm

LD’s dream lineup
Kirk/Joe/Marvin/Josh/Collins
lol

ASG Ponzi Scheme

March 23rd, 2012
8:04 pm

The janitor should have started Ivan instead of Twin. He def could handle Sheldon Parker.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 23rd, 2012
8:07 pm

The fan section deked the Nets again by fake-counting down the clock.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 23rd, 2012
8:07 pm

Josh played 51 minutes last game and it’s the first game of a back to back to back. LD should find a way to rest him as much as possible.

ntrigue

March 23rd, 2012
8:10 pm

Please take Kirk out and put Teague in

Najeh Davenpoop

March 23rd, 2012
8:11 pm

2 straight possessions where Teague sets up Ivan. Ivan bricked the jumper the first time, makes the layup the second time.

terrell

March 23rd, 2012
8:12 pm

LD is slowly starting to play Teague with the bench guys. Clown.

ntrigue

March 23rd, 2012
8:14 pm

Now put josh back in after the timeout

ntrigue

March 23rd, 2012
8:16 pm

Now run plays with josh on the block simple